Sunday 31 May, 2015 – Holy Trinity, Year B

Here are the resources you need for this Sunday. Please feel free to choose what is suitable for your congregation’s needs. You will notice that the orders of service are available in different formats: choose the “pdf” format if you want something that is ready to print and photocopy, the “doc” or “rtf” format if you wish to change the formatting yourself or the “ppt” format if you use PowerPoint.

  • Altar colour: White
  • Bible readings:
    FIRST READING Isaiah 6:1-8 Isaiah called by the holy God
    PSALM Psalm 29 *For musical settings of this Psalm, please see the song suggestions below*
    SECOND READING Romans 8:12-17 You are God’s own children
    GOSPEL John 3:1-17 God sent his Son to bring us his life
  • Sermons:
    Lay-readers please note: the linked sermons have not been edited for general use. As part of your preparations, keep in mind that they have been written for specific people in a specific context, and for this reason the issues they address or the examples they use may not be entirely suitable for people in your congregation. If you feel this is the case, you may need to make minor adjustments or find another sermon

    Based on gospel : Pr Simon Cooper ; NEW Pr Roger Atze
    Based on first reading: Pr Stephen Pietsch ; NEW edited for lay reading sermon – isaiah 6 1-8 – year b – trinity
    Based on second reading: edited for lay reading sermon – romans 8 14-17 – year b – trinity ; NEW Pr Peter Ghalayini
  • Opening Sentences:
    Praise the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
    Praise and adore him forever.
    Praise the Lord in the heights of heaven.
    Praise and adore him forever.
    Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty.
    Praise and adore him forever.
    He was and is and is to come.
    Praise and adore him forever.

    Holy, holy, holy, the Lord God the Almighty,
    who was and is and is to come. (Rev 4:8 NRSV)

    Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God of hosts.
    All the earth is filled with his glory. (Isa 6:3)

  • Orders of service:
    After Pentecost Sunday Word & Prayer ( pdf / doc / ppt )
    Service of the Word (pdf / rtf / ppt)
    Morning Praise (pdf / rtf / ppt)
    Service without communion (pdf / doc / ppt)
    Service orders with holy communion
    Service with communion (page 6) (pdf / doc / ppt)
    Alternative form A (page 58) (pdf / doc/ ppt)
    Sing the Feast (Chataway) (pdf / doc/ ppt)
    Simplified Spoken (pdf / doc/ ppt)
  • Prayer of the Day (Collect): Choose one of the following
    Almighty and eternal God,
    since you have given us grace,
    by the confession of the true faith,
    to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity,
    and to worship the Unity
    by the power of your divine majesty:
    Keep us firm in this faith,
    and defend us forever from all evil;
    for you live and reign,
    one God, now and forever.

    OR, modernised traditional
    Almighty and eternal God,
    you have given us faith
    to affirm the glory of the eternal Trinity
    and to worship you as One.
    Keep us firm in this faith
    and safe with you forever.
    For you live and reign, one God,
    now and forever.

    OR, new (revised alternative)
    (Let us pray for faith in the Triune God. [silence])
    Eternal God,
    you have revealed yourself
    as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
    and you live in the perfect unity of love.
    Give us a sure faith in you,
    so that we share in your holy fellowship and life
    as three Persons in one God,
    now and forever.

  • Prayer after the gospel:
    This is the gospel of the Lord.
    Praise to you, O Christ.
    Thank you, Lord Jesus,
    for coming from the Father as Saviour.
    May we be born again by your Spirit.

  • Offering Prayer:
    Loving Triune God,
    teach us, your children,
    to praise and glorify you with our lives
    and all that we have,
    by serving others.
  • Prayer of the Church (General Prayer): Prayer of the Church – Trinity B
  • Resources for services with Holy Communion
    It is indeed right and good,
    Lord God, holy Father,
    that we should at all times and in all places
    give thanks to you,
    through Jesus Christ our Lord;
    who with you and the Holy Spirit is one God, one Lord,
    whom we confess as the only true God
    and worship as the eternal Trinity,
    Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
    And so, with angels and archangels,
    and with all the company of heaven,
    we adore and praise your glorious name:

    Through Christ Jesus we have access to the Father by one Spirit.
    (Thanks be to God.)
    Come, everything is ready.

    The holy things of God
    for the holy people of God.
    (Thanks be to God.)
    Come, everything is ready.

    The third prayer of the day (as listed above) may be used at this point. It may be modified as follows.

    Eternal God,
    you have revealed yourself to us today
    in word and sacrament
    as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
    and you live in the perfect unity of love.
    Give us a sure faith in you,
    so that we share in your holy fellowship and life
    as three Persons in one God,
    now and forever.

    This seasonal blessing is used together with (ie before) the usual blessing in the order of service.

    (May) God the holy Trinity,
    who has created, redeemed, and sanctified you,
    bring you to know and adore him as one God; . . .


    Go in the peace of God, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
    Thanks be to God.
    OR In the name of Christ. Amen.

  • Visual images for the day: His Word in Pictures
  • Song/Hymn suggestions: * =  Modernised version available (please click here to go to the Modernised hymns page) ;G3, G4 . . . =  Guitar chords available in the Music Package 3, 4 . . .; GS =  Guitar chords in the Supplement to LH
    First reading : Isaiah 6:1-8

    138    The Lord my God be praised (v 5)
    140    Holy, holy, holy, Lord God almighty* G5 (mod TIS 132)
    269    Speak forth, Thy word, O Father G4
    373    Lord, speak to me, that I might speak* G5
    428    We sing Thy praise, O God (* see Matins)
    457    Mighty God, we praise Thy name G6 (mod/alt TIS 127)
    501    God Himself is present* G3 (see Modernised hymns page)
    845    Strengthen for service, Lord, the hands (alt tune 109, G5) (see TIS 498)
    884    We worship you, O God of might G7
    896    Isaiah, mighty seer, in days of old
    904    We give praise to you, our God GS
    40    Holy, holy
    78    Holy, holy holy Lord
    273    Holy, holy, holy
    295    Here I am, Lord, send me
    296    Here I am, Lord
    305    Thuma mina
    381    Holy, holy, holy
    559   Holy, holy
    98    We praise, we worship you, O God
    99    God, we praise you; God, we bless you
    101    Come, you people, come adore Him
    121    God Himself is present
    125    The God of Abraham praise (vv 4,6)
    127    Holy God, we praise your name
    132    Holy, holy holy! Lord God almighty
    193    God , you are clothed with light
    426    Spirit of truth, essential God
    449    Stand up and bless the Lord
    461    God, your glory we have seen in your Son (v 2)
    496    Strengthen for service, Lord, the hands
    497    Let all mortal flesh keep silence (holy communion)
    658    Here I am, Lord
    723    Holy, holy, holy
    749    Send me Lord (Thuma mina)

    Second reading: Romans 8:12-17

    109    Draw us to Thee* G5
    121    Come Holy Ghost, God and Lord* G5 (mod TIS 399)
    128    O Spirit of life, O Spirit of God* G5 (mod TIS 401)
    134    Come O come, Thou quickening Spirit* G3
    142    We all believe in one true God* G3
    160    Arise, my soul, arise G9 (esp vv 1,4,5)
    277    Baptized into Thy name most holy* G4 (mod TIS 481)
    423    Jehovah, let me now adore Thee* G5 (esp vv 1,4,5 – v5 not revised)
    441    With joyful heart your praises bring* G3
    777    Father in heaven G5
    798    Eternal ruler of the ceaseless round G6
    805    We are heirs of the Father GS
    850    O Father, my Father GS
    6    O Father, my Father
    12    We are heirs of the Father
    115    Father in heaven
    223    When your Spirit moves
    251    God sends us his Spirit
    393    A child of God
    399    Come, Spirit of God, holy Lord
    401    O Spirit of life, O Spirit of God
    412    God sends us his Spirit
    435    We all believe in God who made
    465    Father in heaven
    481    Baptized into your name most holy
    493    Wash, O God, your sons and daughters

    Gospel: John 3:1-17

    116    Come, Holy Spirit, heavenly dove*
    127    Come, Holy Spirit, come* G4
    130    O enter, Lord, Thy temple* (vv 1,2)
    138    The Lord my God be praised
    154    Amazing love, that rent the heavens asunder* G4
    164    Love divine, all loves excelling G3 (see TIS 217)
    271    The gospel shows the Father’s grace G5
    276    Dearest Jesus, we are here* G5 (baptism – infant) (mod TIS 480)
    279    He that believes and is baptized* G5 (baptism -general) (mod TIS 479)
    322    Dear Christians, one and all rejoice* (mod TIS 196)
    441    With joyful heart your praises bring* G3
    783    Christ is the world’s light G6
    791    O love, how deep, how broad, how high G5 (see TIS 194)
    793    To God be the glory GS
    826    Father welcomes GS
    835    Bread of heaven, on you we feed G5 (holy communion)
    852    God loved the world so that He gave G5
    863    Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine GS
    881    O Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder G7
    4    Father welcomes
    24    God’s love
    126    The light of Christ
    237    John 3:16
    349    There is a redeemer
    417    Water and the Spirit
    421    Born forever
    451    Saviour of the world
    469    Wind is moving
    627    Unconditionally
    118    We give immortal praise
    147    To God be the glory
    155    O Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder
    194    O love how deep, how broad, how high
    196    Dear Christians, one and all rejoice
    213    Father, whose everlasting love
    217    Love divine, all loves excelling
    241    So God loved the people of the world
    246    Christ is the world’s light
    385    Now is eternal life
    479    They that believe and are baptised (baptism – general)
    480    Dearest Jesus, we are here (baptism – infant)
    491    Father welcomes
    494    In water we grow
    513    Bread of heaven, on you we feed
    676    A spendthrift lover is the Lord

    Any hymns from the Trinity sections of the Lutheran Hymnal (135-142) or Supplement (776-779) are suitable for this day. The following may also be considered suitable:

    116    Come Holy Spirit, heavenly dove *(esp verse 5)
    197    Lord, keep us steadfast in thy word*
    532    O Trinity, most blessed light (esp suitable for an evening service)
    897    Kyrie, God, Father in heaven above (not easy for a congregation, but worth the choir giving it a go)
    * modernised version available

    40    Holy, holy
    41    Father, we adore you
    42    Now unto the King eternal
    43    How shall I call you
    90    Father, bless us
    115    Father in heaven
    118    The baptism song
    120    One God
    155    We believe
    158    Come, sing our praises loud
    168    Hear our prayer
    250    How majestic is your name
    271    For the bread
    301    Prayer of peace
    362    I believe, I do
    605   God of creation
    634   God in your goodness

    See lists under ‘Trinity’ on page 1082 and under ‘Trinity Sunday’ on page 1092 in the indexes of the harmony edition of TIS.

    34    Holy Trinity, we praise

    Volume one
    Credo I
    Kyrie eleison IX
    Alleluias IVI
    Sanctus Dominus
    Cantate Domino (using words of ‘Glory to the Father . . .’)
    Credo II
    Tibi Deo

    Volume two
    Credo III
    Gloria Patri et Filio I
    Gloria Patri et Filio II
    Sanctus Dominus II
    There is one Lord

    Here are some songs from the Iona Community suitable for Trinity.

    Note that the Iona Community is willing to allow a church or worship assembly to reproduce the words only of a song from these publications on a service sheet or overhead transparency that is to be used once only on a non-commercial basis, provided that the title of the song and the name of the copyright holder is clearly shown.

    John L Bell & Graham Maule, Wild Goose Songs vol. 1 Heaven shall not wait
    page 18    Shake up the morning
    page 30    Praise with joy

    John L Bell & Graham Maule, Wild Goose Songs vol. 3 Love from below
    page 12    Today I awake
    page 84    God the Creator

    PSALM 29
    The following metrical paraphrase of Psalm 29 by David Schütz may be sung to the tune Kremser (LHS 887, TIS 107). If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

    Now honour the Lord, all you angels in heaven,
    now honour the Lord with all glory and power,
    now honour the name of the Lord with all due glory,
    and worship in his temple of splendour with awe.

    The voice of the Lord thunders over the waters;
    the voice of the Lord is majestic and strong;
    the voice of the Lord makes the cedars crack and splinter,
    and Lebanon and Sirion dance to his song.

    The voice of the Lord flames out lightning in flashes;
    the voice of the Lord shakes the desert with storms;
    the voice of the Lord rips up trees and flattens forests,
    while all within his temple cry ‘Glory!’ to God.

    The Lord was enthroned on the flood and the waters;
    the Lord sits enthroned as our King and our God;
    the Lord will give strength to his people in their trouble,
    the Lord will give his people the peace of his word.

    Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings : Psalm 29 p48 , Psalm 29 p49

    While the LCA does not necessarily endorse the content of these websites, you may find them helpful in your worship planning.
    Small Church Music: You can download mp3 and midi files of popular hymn tunes from this site.
    Together to Celebrate: lectionary based song and hymn suggestions from a variety of sources.
    Singing from the Lectionary: has song and hymn suggestions based on the RCL from other hymnals.
    Song Select: you can search for more contemporary songs by theme. If your congregation has a paid subscription you can also download sheet music.
    Hymns Without Words: mp3 downloads of hymn tunes.

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